Officers

The Officers of Council 8157

Our council officers are elected to serve for one year terms. Our current officers for fraternal year beginning July 1st, 2020 through June 30th, 2021 are listed below.

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Father Steve Antes

Chaplain

Father Steve joined Holy Spirit Catholic Church in July 2020 as Parochial Vicar and soon after became a member of the Knights of Columbus Council 8157 and graciously accepted the appointment of Council Chaplain. Father Steve is fluent in three languages including Spanish and he presides over the Sunday Spanish Mass.

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Jorge Ruiz

Grand Knight

The Grand Knight presides over all meetings and is tasked with enforcing the rules and regulations of the Council and the laws of the order, and is chairman of the Board of Trustees.  He appoints all directors and committee members.  He acts as chaplain in the absence of the regular chaplain.  He countersigns orders drawn and signed by the Financial Secretary.  Responsible for the council’s First Degree Team. He is responsible for the overall success of this council's activities. Jorge serves as the council's Awareness Committee Director. Jorge and Kathie, his wife of 42 years, moved from New York to Texas in 1981 and began attending Holy Spirit in 2010. They have three grown children, Jorge Jr., Javier and Rafael and one granddaughter, Allison.

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Eric Conner

Deputy Grand Knight

The Deputy Grand Knight Assists the grand knight with operation of the council and any other duties assigned to him by the grand knight. In the absence of the grand knight, presides at council meetings. Recommended to serve on the council’s Retention Committee. Eric went to high school in Austin, earned a double-major degree in finance and marketing from Hardin Simmons University in Abilene and an MBA from Southwest Texas State in San Marcos. He joined the knights in March 2009. He lives and works in Duncanville and has a daughter, Alexia, and a granddaughter, Serenity, in Las Vegas.

Jim Russell
Jim Russell

Chancellor

The Chancellor has the duty of strengthening the members’ interest in council activities. Assists the grand knight and deputy grand knight with their duties as assigned. Recommended to serve on the council’s Admission Committee. Jim joined our council in February 2012, he is in charge of Member Retention and serves as Lecturer. Jim also serves as a member of our Degree Team and he and his wife, Mary, live in Cedar Hill.

Pete Perta
Peter Perta

FINANCIAL SECRETARY

The Financial Secretary is responsible to collect and receive all moneys due the council, and all funds received from any source.  He keeps an account of the indebtedness of each member and each certificate holder and the amount received from each.  He keeps a roll of the membership and certificate holders, their ages, residences and occupation, with date of initiation.  He notifies the Supreme Secretary of the names and addresses of all council officers.  He keeps the seal of the council and affixes same to all proper papers. Peter joined the Knights in 2011 and is also a member of our Degree Team. He and his wife, Bernadine live in Dallas.

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James Smith

Treasurer

The Treasurer’s job responsibilities include being the custodian of all funds of the council.  He shall pay to the Supreme Council all money assessed by it or the Board of Directors.  He shall pay all orders drawn on him which are signed by the Financial Secretary and countersigned by the Grand Knight.  He shall keep separate accounts for all moneys placed in his hands by his council or the officers thereof and shall plainly show at all times the amount of money in the general expense of the council and the amount of money in each and every special fund. James joined the Knights of Columbus in February 2013. James is a retired phlebotomist. He and wife Judy have been members of Holy Spirit for 31 years and enjoy their 5 children and 13 grandkids. The Smiths live in Duncanville.

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Mike Fitzgerald

Recorder

The Recorder is responsible for keeping and maintaining a true and permanent record of all actions of the council and maintains all correspondence of the council.

Russell Gully

ADVOCATE

The Advocate is the attorney for the council.  The Advocate will advise the council in all matters that require legal clarification.  The advocate will be the counsel is case of trial and investigation of any matter whatsoever pertaining to the council. Russell is a past Grand Knight, a practicing attorney, and has been a member of the Knights since 1987. He was voted Knight of the Year in 1998.  He and his wife, Patricia, live in DeSoto.

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John Espree

Warden

The Warden is responsible for supervising and maintaining all council property. Sets up council chambers for meetings and degree exemplifications. Oversees inside and outside guards. John Espree joined the Knights in 2012 and he’s a member of our Degree Team. He and wife Bonnie live in Duncanville.

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Efrain Ochoa

Inside Guard

  • Attends the doors of the council chamber, checks current membership cards and allows entrance.
  • Assist warden with his responsibilities.

Steve Reid
Steve Reid

Outside Guard

  • Attends the doors of the council chamber, checks current membership cards and allows entrance.
  • Assist warden with his responsibilities.

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Wendell JeanPierre

Lecturer

The Lecturer is appointed by the grand knight to provide both educational and entertaining programs to the council. He is responsible for the ‘Good of the Order’ portion of council meetings. In order to provide members with informative and educational programs, he must be knowledgeable and aware of all council programming. Wendell and wife Connie celebrated their 35th anniversary in March. They have three grown children and seven grandchildren. They left New Orleans in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in 2005. They were initially put up by a nephew who lives in DeSoto and decided to make their permanent home here.


BOARD OF TRUSTEES

The Board of Trustees consists of the Grand Knight and three members elected by the council. They shall have supervision of all the financial business of the council. They shall audit the accounts of the Financial Secretary and Treasurer at least every six months upon blanks provided by the Board of Directors. They shall see that the Financial Secretary and Treasurer give proper bonds running to the Knights of Columbus in trust for their council. Each member of of the Board of Trustees shall hold office for three years with an election of one new trustee each year.

Tom Greco

Trustee One-Year

The Board of Trustees consists of grand knight and three other elected members. Trustees supervise all financial business of the council and conducts the semiannual audits. Trustees are elected for terms of three years, two years and one year. At each regular election, the position of each trustee will be voted upon, with the current three- and two-year trustees moving on to become the two- and one-year trustees, respectively. Tom joined the Knights in 2007 and he has been the leader of our Degree Team since its start in August 2012. He was voted Knight of the Year in 2014. He and his wife, Helen, live in Duncanville.

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Allen Reitmeier

Trustee Two-Year

Trustees supervise all financial business of the council and conducts the semiannual audits. Trustees are elected for terms of three years, two years and one year. At each regular election, the position of each trustee will be voted upon, with the current three- and two-year trustees moving on to become the two- and one-year trustees, respectively. Allen serves as our Retention Director, Knight Hands Director and Baseball Concessions Director. He also publishes our quarterly newsletter "Knights Life".

Jim Richardson

Trustee Three-Year

Trustees supervise all financial business of the council and conducts the semiannual audits. Trustees are elected for terms of three years, two years and one year. At each regular election, the position of each trustee will be voted upon, with the current three- and two-year trustees moving on to become the two- and one-year trustees, respectively. Jim Richardson served as Grand Knight of Council 8157 from 2016-2018. Jim joined the Knights in 1962 and he and wife Denise live in DeSoto.